An intro to tabletop roleplaying games

Tabletop roleplaying is a very unique kind of gaming. If you've never played a tabletop RPG before (or seen others play one), the terms and concepts can seem disorienting. So, to get you started, here's a quick primer on tabletop roleplaying games—the most fulfilling and endlessly creative kind of game you'll ever play. Tabletop roleplaying games … Continue reading An intro to tabletop roleplaying games

Friction checks: A way to add realism and excitement to your game

It's like the fog of war—but different. Where the fog of war usually refers generally to battlefield confusion, the concept of friction goes a step farther, quantifying the natural unpredictability of human reactions to threat, surprise, and stress. People who study human performance in combat have found that a predictable percentage of people—even trained soldiers—will fail … Continue reading Friction checks: A way to add realism and excitement to your game

Gaming tip: Making good use of “session zero”

Even if you've never heard of a "session zero," you've probably participated in one before. Basically, session zero is a gaming session (or part of one) in which everyone discusses the options and agrees on what kind of game play they'd like to have before the players finish making their characters and before the DM spins … Continue reading Gaming tip: Making good use of “session zero”

Try these games–recommended by the FAR System

The FAR System was inspired by the great features of several other tabletop roleplaying games. We highly recommend that you try them and buy them. And when FAR Western is ready, we hope you’ll buy our game too. If you enjoy any of these, you'll probably enjoy ours. In no particular order, here they are: … Continue reading Try these games–recommended by the FAR System